After hunting down where to find the best latte in town, we started thinking about other coffee drinks and began wondering, where can one find the best mocha in town? It was a hard job but one we gladly took on.
First we had to figure out what makes a mocha delicious. It is more than just the right combination of milk and perfectly roasted coffee. You can’t just dump any kind of chocolate syrup in there and expect a good drink especially in a town where Theo chocolate reigns supreme. The milk has to be warmed just right and the coffee must, of course, be smooth tasting along with first rate chocolate.
We decided to rate our Mocha taste testing on the following criteria: 1) Chocolate Flavor 2) Smoothness 3) First Taste 4) Temperature and for bonus points: atmosphere. We always ordered an 8 oz, one shot mocha with whole milk.
#1 Best Mocha
Ghost Alley Espresso’s mocha was an honest surprise. Located just a few steps from the Pike Place Gum Wall, we stopped in for an afternoon coffee and decided to try the mocha. This was the drink we began comparing all other mochas too. It was smooth with the right balance of chocolate to milk. Honestly, we wanted to go back every day and drink this mocha. The baristas will also make you a mystery mocha which we are dying to go back and taste. For the purposes of this article though we stuck with a basic mocha and that blew us away. The tiny shop showcases small roasters from the NW and leads with an organic full city roast from Middle Fork Roasters. Their drinks are served with milk from Smith Brothers Farm.
Ghost Alley Espresso 1499 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 ghostalleyespresso.com
#2 Best Mocha
Based on the recommendation of a coffee-loving friend, we next tried Storyville Coffee’s mocha. The company roasts their own coffee and you can taste every unique note. Their mocha is made using their house-made chocolate sauce and it is delicious! The perfectly roasted coffee with frothed milk and chocolate sauce make for a delightful drink. Even more delightful is that kids get free airplane cookies if they ask nicely!
Storyville Coffee, 2128 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 https://www.storyville.com/
After visiting a multitude of coffee shops, we couldn’t just share our top two favorite mochas. While the remaining drinks on our list didn’t make it to the top, they still offered really good mocha drinks and you wouldn’t go wrong with stopping in to sample your own.
The mocha at Caffe Ladro was divine. The hint of mocha combined with freshly brewed espresso made for a lovely drink. The only drawback to this drink was that the coffee flavor was a tad overpowering. The cafe, however, was the perfect combination of great seating, fun music and friendly baristas.
Caffe Ladro, 435 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 http://www.caffeladro.com/
Located on the top of Queen Anne, El Diablo offers a mocha featuring Theo Chocolate. The cuban inspired coffee shop is well known for their Mexican Mocha but we stuck with a regular one when we visited. While the chocolate was a bit on the heavy side, the drink was still delicious.
El Diablo, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 http://www.eldiablocoffee.com/
When taste testing mochas, we had to visit Chocolati, a place known for their chocolate. Our drink came in an old fashioned coffee mug, like one you’d find at a Denny’s restaurant. We really loved that since it allowed us to warm our cold hands on our warm mocha. This mocha was almost like drinking a hot chocolate with a kick! The chocolate was exceptionally smooth and the coffee did not overpower with flavor, instead it complimented the chocolate.
Chocolati, 8319 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 https://chocolati.com/
Bedlam Coffee offers a wide variety of mocha drinks and we could not resist trying the Lavender Mocha. It was a tad sweet but did not have an overpowering lavender flavor as we feared. If you are looking for an unusual mocha drink, this is the place to try one.
Bedlam Coffee, 2231 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 http://www.bedlamcoffee.com/
Herkimer Coffee is well known for their in-house roasted coffee drinks and warm atmosphere. Their strong coffee flavor is usually just what we are looking for but sadly it overpowered our mocha. This mocha is definitely the drink of choice for those who prefer a strong coffee flavor over a strong chocolate flavor.
Herkimer Coffee, 7320 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103 https://herkimercoffee.com/
Cherry Street Coffee House offered up the most quintessential mocha on our taste testing tour. The froth was nice. The mocha flavoring was good. The coffee caffeinated. All in all, a good basic mocha drink that we enjoyed.
Cherry Street Coffee House, 1223 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122 https://www.cherryst.com/